CALGARY, AB -- When asked to try to sum up what he was feeling when he was told that he had been recalled by the Calgary Flames, Sven Baertschi started to chuckle.
"Oh man," he said, jubilation evident in his tone. "I could score 10 goals in a game and it wouldn't be as good as this."
The emergency recall was the result of yet another Flames forward falling to injury. Tim Jackman is out with an upper body injury after taking a hit from Montreal's Alexei Emelin on Tuesday night. He joins Mike Cammalleri, Blake Comeau, Lance Bouma, Chris Butler, Lee Stempniak, Blair Jones and Mikael Backlund in the sick bay.
"It's a honour," Baertschi said of the organization's decision to recall him despite him playing in WHL. "I'm really grateful."
For those wondering how Baertschi is eligible to be recalled, it is due to the fact that Greg Nemisz, Krys Kolanos and Guillaume Desbiens were recalled from Abbotsford on an emergency basis.
"Pursuant to the agreement between the NHL and the CHL, at the point in time when a team is in its 3rd emergency situation, the NHL club may recall a player from the CHL," said Flames general manager Jay Feaster.
"With the injury in last night’s game to Tim Jackman we are now in our 4th emergency situation and remain eligible to recall one of our players from the CHL. As a hockey department we evaluated all of our options and decided that it is in the best interests of our team to recall Sven Baertschi from Portland of the WHL under emergency conditions."
Baertschi got word of the recall early this morning when Portland head coach Mike Johnston called him and told him to get down to the rink immediately.
"I didn't even have breakfast," he chuckled. "When he told me, it was like 'Wow.'"
The left winger, who was drafted in the first round (13th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Flames, has been tearing up the WHL this season with his incredible offensive output.
In 47 games, Baertschi has recorded 94 points (33 goals, 61 assists), equating to a 2.00 points-per-game average. For comparison's sake, WHL leading scorer Brendan Shinnimin is averaging 1.90 points-per-game.
"It's been a good year," Baertschi stated modestly. "But this is the best ... it can't get any better."
Baertschi will join the Flames on Thursday, participating in his first NHL practice. He is expected to be in the lineup on Friday when the Winnipeg Jets head into town.
"The systems and all that stuff, I'm sure the coaches will explain to me when I get there. I'm just going to do my best and try my hardest to help the team succeed.
"I'm just so happy to be here."